Aired: October 12, 2018
Japan is said to be a “developed country that faces new problems.” The country has faced a variety of problems from lack of space as a small island nation, to lack of resources, and overcrowded cities, yet every time, Japan has succeeded in turning problems into opportunities to create new cultures and businesses. This program focuses on such episodes and what went on on-site.
The heat was intense in the summer of 2018. The Olympic & Paralympic Games in 2020 will be held in summer, and there are concerns for the safety of athletes and spectators. As a countermeasure, Tokyo has begun an initiative to lay down heat-blocking pavement.
Japan’s karaoke rooms are of world standard, and although they are popular on holidays and weekday nights, they are often empty during the day on weekdays. This has given birth to a service for providing these conveniently located spaces for business in combination with IT communication technology.
The numerous dams and reservoirs scattered throughout mountainous regions provide flat surfaces, and they also function as natural water-cooling systems. This has led to the operation of solar power stations with floating panels.
Wristwatches are worn as accessories, but they are also precision instruments. Making a robust watch that is unbreakable even when dropped was unthinkable in the past, but an engineer persevered in his search for a methodology to come up with an idea to develop a shock-resistant wristwatch inspired by a rubber ball he saw a girl playing with in a park. The wristwatch became a bestseller throughout the world.
“Reverse thinking” is the art of turning the tables on disadvantages to use them to your advantage. This program offers ideas and possibilities that can be applied throughout the world to overcome issues by focusing on different perspectives.
The series will follow the regional qualifying tournaments and the final tournament of the sixth “Washoku World Challenge,” a cooking contest in which non-Japanese Washoku chefs from throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Japan will pit their skills against one another, as they strive in earnest to inherit, pass on and cultivate their Washoku cooking skills.
This series features various aspects of Japan's culture, tradition and technological innovation, casting a spotlight on Japanese ingenuity and uniqueness demonstrated in a wide range of fields.
A documentary series that features remarkable industries in Japan. The program introduces the history and wisdom behind Japan’s technological strength and specialties, which are helping to revitalize regional areas of the country.
Iconic Japanese company Panasonic is celebrating 100 years in business.What is this leading Japanese enterprise doing to ensure the company thrives for the next 100 years? One key strategy is to take a fresh look at the potential of the people who form the backbone of the company and another key challenge is to create new value.
As globalization rapidly accelerates, truck logistics routes that connect various countries are playing a key role in supporting each national economy. These are the Future Highways that are creating the path into the future. Seen through the eyes of the truck drivers, this two-part series program depicts the landscapes and places of interest in each region.
2017 is ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. This series was produced as a joint project to commemorate the anniversary with the TV stations of four ASEAN countries,Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam – by examining their cooperative relations with Japan and the impact of the East-West and Southern Economic Corridors on the economies and ways of life of the Indochina Peninsula.
The coastal areas of Japan’s Tohoku Region suffered unprecedented damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake.This series shines a spotlight on the efforts of people from Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture, who are now working hard toward achieving “Recovery of Industry,” “Recovery of Tourism” and “Food Safety & Peace of Mind.” What are the underpinnings of their ongoing hope?
Japan’s unique food traditions live on in “hidden villages,” far from the city. In this show, our reporter meet the locals and discover a traditional way of life and the local cuisine.